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4-Day England and North Wales Tour: Stratford-upon-Avon, Snowdonia and Cambridge

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Overview

Spend four days experiencing the best of central England and north Wales with an expert guide. With round-trip travel by comfortable minivan and 3-star accommodation included, this enjoyable 4-day tour takes you to half-timbered Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, and on to medieval Chester, Wales’ Snowdonia National Park, England’s epic Peak District and the history-rich cities of Lincoln and Cambridge. Highlights on route include the UNESCO-listed Ironbridge Gorge, Conwy Castle, Chatsworth House and the mining town of Castleton. Numbers are limited to 16 so you enjoy more personalized attention on the tour.
  • 4-day tour of England and Wales from London, with 3-star guesthouse or hotel accommodation
  • Stop in William Shakespeare’s birth town of Stratford-upon-Avon and walk around the UNESCO-listed Ironbridge Gorge
  • Travel into north Wales to visit Conwy Castle and Snowdonia National Park
  • Explore the Blue John mining town of Castleton and Chatsworth estate in the tranquil Peak District
  • Visit the historical city of Lincoln, and then travel to Cambridge for a walking tour
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people ensures personalized attention at all times
Explore the must-see towns, monuments and scenery of central England and north Wales on this 4-day tour from London. Traveling with a knowledgeable guide, venture north to William Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon — a key stop on most visitors’ English sightseeing trail — before staying two nights in medieval Chester and touring Wales’ spectacular Snowdonia National Park. Then, soak up the magnificence of Chatsworth House and England’s Peak District before visiting the historical cities of Lincoln and Cambridge and ending your tour back in London.

Three nights' accommodation — two in Chester and one in Lincoln — at your choice of either a 3-star guesthouse or hotel are included, as is transportation by air-conditioned minivan and daily breakfast. Enjoy free time to relax independently in the main destinations, including time for daily lunch and dinner at your own expense. Entrance fees to attractions are at your own expense.

Itinerary

Day 1: London – Stratford-upon-Avon – Ironbridge Gorge – Chester
Board your coach at Victoria in central London, and then travel northwest out of the capital to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of England’s revered 16th-century playwright, William Shakespeare. Arrive in the pretty market town in time for lunch (own expense), enjoy some free time to explore, and then continue to nearby Ironbridge Gorge.

Formed by the River Severn in the last ice age, the deep and dramatic gorge is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a stroll around the river to learn how the gorge was created and admire the famous Iron Bridge — the first of its kind — that straddles it.

In the late afternoon, travel further west to the historical town of Chester near the Welsh borders. The town is your base for the night, so, check in to your hotel on arrival, and then spend your evening at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star guesthouse or hotel in central Chester

Day 2: Shrewsbury – North Wales – Chester (B)
Enjoy breakfast, check out of your hotel, and then meet your guide for a day of exploring north Wales. Leave town and travel through the gorgeous green valleys that embody the Welsh landscape, and then pay a visit to Conwy Castle. Frequently cited as the most impressive Welsh castle, the fairy tale fortress boasts eight formidable-looking towers and a high curtain wall that links them together.

After paying your entrance fee, head inside to explore the castle’s ruins with your guide. Hear how the fortress dates back to medieval times, when it was built for King Edward I, and wander amid the old hall, chambers and kitchen while imagining the castle in its royal heyday.

Stop for lunch in Conwy town (own expense), and travel through Snowdonia National Park, a wild and remote region that’s known for its beauty. Home to Snowdon (the highest mountain in England and Wales), the national park is typified by mist-shrouded mountains, moorland and rocky peaks. Enjoy several stops as you travel through to stretch your legs on strolls or take photos of the glorious views.

Continue by coach to the medieval city of Chester, and then spend your evening doing whatever you please.

Overnight: 3-star guesthouse or hotel in central Chester

Day 3: Chester – Peak District – Lincoln (B)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast, and then travel east to the Peak District, the UK’s first national park. Stretching across Cheshire and north Derbyshire, the area is stunning to see with acres of green moorland, limestone villages and the low-rising hills of the Pennines. Your first stop is Castleton, one of the park’s prettiest villages, sat in the valley below Mam Tor mountain. Enjoy free time to look around the center, and shop for the local Blue John stone — a highly prized gem that has been mined in Castleton’s Blue John Mines for centuries.

After a break for lunch (own expense), continue south through the Peak District to Chatsworth, a beautiful country house estate owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The grandiose house and grounds were used as filming locations in the BBC’s TV adaptation of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. Head inside to explore the house and gardens (own expense) and walk in the footsteps of the dashing Mr Darcy himself.

From Chatsworth, leave the Peak District, and travel north to the county of Lincolnshire. Your day’s final destination is the county capital of Lincoln: your base for your final night. Check in to your hotel in the early evening, and perhaps head into town for dinner and drinks (own expense).

Overnight: 3-star guesthouse or hotel in Lincoln

Day 4: Lincoln – Cambridge – London (B)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast, and then head into the city to discover its rich history that dates back to the Romans. Pay a visit to either Lincoln Cathedral — once the tallest building in the world — or Lincoln Castle, a fortress built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century.

After lunch in town (own expense), leave Lincoln and travel south to Cambridge, one of the world’s most prestigious university cities. Enjoy a final walking tour with your guide, seeing some of the top Cambridge attractions and landmarks, and hear tales about the city’s history. Stop for photos outside famous King’s College, browse Cambridge’s array of independent shops.

Finally, return to London, and then finish your 4-day tour with a drop-off at the Victoria start point in the early evening.

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